Practical Insights on Agriculture for ICT4D Projects

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What is e-Agriculture Strategy?

An e-Agriculture strategy is using innovative digital technology solutions like precision agriculture, drones, big data, predictive analytics, and blockchain to improve social and economic outcomes for smallholder farmers.

e-Agriculture programs aim to increase food security by helping smallholder farmers improve modern ICT4Ag farming methods and access to markets. Agricultural ICT4D strategies encompass the full agricultural value chain and includes adjacent technologies like digital financial services and geographic information systems.

Communication in Agriculture

Smallholder farmers have limited knowledge, services, and technologies available to them. They typically need support to adopt modern farming methodologies.

Agriculture technology solutions focus on extension services for farmers to adopt new technologies and innovation. ICTs can amplify the efforts of the extension agents to help farmers plan what crops to grow, source inputs for crop cultivation, and selling their produce in local market.

Chatbots offer an exciting opportunity for governments to engage farmers on the social media platforms where farmers already congregate. For example:

  • Facebook chatbots are a popular way to answer basic questions or help farmers apply for government support services.
  • SMS text message chatbots can also help private sector companies develop new business leads and educate extension agents on their services.

ICT communication tools can play a crucial role in supporting farmers to access new inputs, credit, and markets with personalized and customized services.

Examples of e-Agriculture Programs

The potential to achieve high impact at the farm-level requires appropriate technology and adoption methodologies. International development organizations can use e-Agriculture communication programs like those below to support ICTforAg value chain ecosystems in developing countries.

What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success

What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success

Published on: Mar 20 2019 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on What Southeast Asian ICTforAg Solution Providers Need for Success
The Digital Solutions Directory is a comprehensive list of over 60 innovative ICTforAg providers for smallholder value chains in Southeast Asian Nations. Between...
Apply Now: $300,000 USAID Contracts for Digital Agriculture Solutions

Apply Now: $300,000 USAID Contracts for Digital Agriculture Solutions

Published on: Mar 11 2019 by Wayan Vota - 17 Comments
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger & food security initiative. The USAID Bureau for Food Security wants to integrate digital tools and...
10 Blockchain Implementation Risks in International Development

10 Blockchain Implementation Risks in International Development

Published on: Feb 27 2019 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
One of the most discussed technologies today is distributed ledger technology, a decentralized system for recording transactions with mechanisms for processing,...
Apply Now: $200,000 Remote Sensing Agriculture Technology Challenge

Apply Now: $200,000 Remote Sensing Agriculture Technology Challenge

Published on: Feb 18 2019 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: $200,000 Remote Sensing Agriculture Technology Challenge
Smallholder farmers produce the vast majority of the world’s cocoa, the basic ingredient for chocolate. Cocoa farmers face daunting challenges: declining yields,...
Apply Now: 1,750,000€ African Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Funding

Apply Now: 1,750,000€ African Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Funding

Published on: Jan 21 2019 by Wayan Vota - 29 Comments
Agricultural systems worldwide are facing a triple challenge: how to sustainably increase productivity, while reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change,...
FarmChat: Using Chatbots to Answer Farmer Queries in India

FarmChat: Using Chatbots to Answer Farmer Queries in India

Published on: Jan 02 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Speech-based conversational interfaces have several potential benefits for farmers and the ICTforAg professionals who support them: There is little requirement...
How FAO RuralInvest Software Improves Agriculture Investments

How FAO RuralInvest Software Improves Agriculture Investments

Published on: Dec 24 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Experience has shown that substantial public investments in agricultural production, transport and storage infrastructure, combined with private on-farm investment...
New USAID Insights: Digital Profiles of Smallholder Farmer Data Management

New USAID Insights: Digital Profiles of Smallholder Farmer Data Management

Published on: Dec 17 2018 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
More than 500 million smallholder farms worldwide play a significant role in food production and the genetic diversity of the food supply. Until now, it has been...
Apply Now: $1 Million Grant Funding for Agricultural Disease Surveillance Data

Apply Now: $1 Million Grant Funding for Agricultural Disease Surveillance Data

Published on: Oct 29 2018 by Wayan Vota - 12 Comments
Farmers in low-income countries struggle to protect their crops from pests and disease like the Fall Armyworm. They are unprepared and ill-equipped to respond effectively...
10 Insights After 40 Years of Digital Development Progress

10 Insights After 40 Years of Digital Development Progress

Published on: Oct 11 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
I’m going to retire in 2019 after 40 years of working in the IT industry, from 1978 to 2018, and after 35 years of dedication to Food and Agriculture Organization...